Book Reviews

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, 3rd Ed.

Rolf G. Kuehni

Wiley, 2012; $99.95 (hardcover).

This is a very attractive new edition of a classic book with numerous color figures. The author provides thorough explanations of many different aspects of color science and technology. The detailed discussions of color representation are especially strong. It also covers human color vision perception, physiology, and color mixing as well as color reproduction technologies.   The book can be read by a lay reader interested in the subject, or by professionals or students in vision science, psychology, philosophy or optical engineering as an introductory text.  The glossary is a good addition to the text. If there is one thing missing in this otherwise excellent book, it is that there is very little on the molecular genetics of color vision deficiencies (this is a minor nit-pick). There should also be a short section on psychophysics since that is how color perception is measured. I will definitely recommend that my graduate students in vision science read this book.

Review by Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, professor of optometry, physics and electrical and computer engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada.


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